“A straightforward, tasteful, and articulate account of what it is to bring a play to palpitating life upon a stage” (The New York Times Book Review).
In this classic guide to directing, we are taken logically from the choice of the play right through ever aspect of its production to performances and beyond. Harold Clurman, director of such memorable productions as A Member of the Wedding and Uncle Vanya, describes the pleasures and perils of working with such celebrated playwrights and actors as Marlon Brando, Arthur Miller, Julie Harris, and Lillian Hellman. He also presents his own directing notes for ten of his best-known productions.
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The Directors Theatre
Choosing the Script
Reading the Script
Script Work with the Playwright
The Directors Work Script
Directors Notes for Rocket to the Moon
Directors Notes for The Member of the Wedding
Directors Notes for The Autumn Garden
Directors Notes for Tiger at the Gates
Directors Notes for The Waltz of the Toreadors
Directors Notes for A Touch of the Poet
Directors Notes for Heartbreak House
Directors Notes for Incident at Vichy
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Questions and Answers
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